Aug 13, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Matt Schaub (8) throws before the preseason NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
Earlier this week, I highlighted the Ravens three weaknesses entering the 2015 season. One of the most glaring weaknesses seems to be the backup quarterback position that is currently held by Matt Schaub. Schaub has been a turnover machine over the past few seasons and that hasn’t changed since coming to Baltimore.
Schaub did have an average performance in the preseason opener, completing 11 of 18 passes for 134 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The interception wasn’t necessarily his fault, but is still concerning for a player whose confidence is clearly shaken after seeing his play take a nosedive over recent seasons.
The problem is that his play has been horrid in practice. There was a period in which Schaub threw more interceptions in a week than the Ravens secondary had combined as a team last season. The struggles are so bad that Terrell Suggs has been firing shots at Schaub for the most of camp. The chirping has to catch the eye of coaches because if the players lack confidence in the quarterback, they are not going to rally around him if for some reason he’s forced into the lineup.
While Flacco figures to see the majority of the snaps in the first half, Schaub will get extensive playing time as the Ravens are only carrying three quarterbacks on the roster. Harbaugh has been supportive of the veteran signal caller thus far, but a lackluster performance against the Eagles could leave the Ravens looking for another quarterback if something should happen to Joe Cool.
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